Satanist neo-Nazi who was spared jail as a teen admits new sex crimes

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  • June 15, 2023
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A Satanist neo-Nazi who was spared jail just over two years ago has committed a string of fresh sex crimes.

Harry Vaughan, who now goes by the name Harry Blake, yesterday pleaded guilty to making an indecent photograph of a child last September.

He also admitted three charges of possessing extreme pornographic videos, three counts of failing to comply with a Serious Crime Prevention Order and three breaches of his notification order.

The 21-year-old was 18 when he was convicted of 14 terror offences and two of possessing indecent images of children.

At the time, the Old Bailey heard Vaughan had disappeared ‘down a rabbit hole of the internet’ as a young teenager and ended up developing an interest in right wing extremism, Satanism, the occult and general violence.

Mr Justice Sweeney decided to give the A-star pupil a suspended sentence in November 2020, after acknowledging his parents were committed to helping him ‘change for the better’.

Vaughan, from Twickenham, south-west London, was also handed a 60-day rehabilitation order and a terrorist notification order for 10 years.

But he started offending again just a month later, when he broke the conditions of his sentence and failed to tell authorities about an email address and the details of cryptocurrency accounts.

He then went on to commit the new crimes relating to possessing child abuse and extreme pornography. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on July 31.

Vaughan, ‘considered a focused and able’ student at Tiffin Grammar school, was initially busted in June 2019 after a counter-terror investigation into an online forum used by extreme, right-wing militants called Fascist Forge.

He used the group to upload self-made propaganda images to promote the now-banned terrorist organisation Sonnenkrieg Division.

These posters were emblazoned with the slogans: ‘It’s ok to be a Nazi’ and ‘Every girl loves a terrorist’.

The year before, Vaughan had applied to join System Resistance Network – an alias of the banned neo-Nazi group National Action.

In his application, he wrote: ‘I could handle myself in a fight. There is nothing I wouldn’t do to further the cause.’

When police seized Vaughan’s laptop, they found 4,200 images and 302 files on Satanism, anti-Semitism, and neo-Nazism including a bomb making manual.

The prosecution told the court Vaughan had looked on Google maps for the locations of schools near his home and searched for explosives and plastic pipes.

He was also found to have downloaded two videos of child abuse which were classified in the most serious ‘A category’.

The jury also heard the Vaughan’s ‘loving’ parents had been left with a ‘sense of bewilderment’ at his arrest.

Defence barrister Naeem Mian KC previously said: ‘He is somebody who has disappeared down a rabbit hole, a rabbit hole of the internet, and he is in a very, very dark place, or certainly was. And he was there, it would appear, from the age of about 14.’

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